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Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora on Detective Comics #1034 From March 2021

It's Detective Comics time… Today, there have been more CCXP announcements from DC Comics regarding their March titles. The DC Omniverse. DC 2021. Whatever you wish to call it. And you know the drill. Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora will be the creators on Detective Comics from #1034 in March, after their two-issue stint on Future State: The Dark Detective in January and February. They both also created a story for Detective Comics #2017 featuring Detective Nakano, who looks to be a foil for Batman both in Future State as mayor of Gotham, and in the ongoing series, campaigning for that position with an anti-masker policy against the Batman characters.

Mariko Tamaki, of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, has been writing Wonder Woman, wrote the Eisner-winning Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass and has I Am Not Starfire to follow. And now Batman.

Dan Mora is well known for his cover work for DC, Marvel and Boom as well as drawing comics such as Hexed, Klaus and is also the artist and co-creator for Once & Future written by Kieron Gillen and published at Boom Studios. What will this new gig mean for that series? Its conclusion or a replacement artist?

It does seem to be the pattern that creators – especially writers – who worked on the Future State versions of comics are getting to relaunch them in the present day in March. Which also ties into the idea that 5G was originally meant to be an ongoing thing rather than the two-month editorial fill-in it became, as the creators are largely (so far) staying on the books, as with Swamp Thing #1, The Suicide Squad #1, Teen Titans Academy #1, Green Lantern #1 and Justice League Dark #1.

Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora on Detective Comics #1034 From March 2021
Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora on Detective Comics #1034 From March 2021

The DC Comics solicitations for the Dark Detective story by Tamaki and Mora read "The world thought Bruce Wayne was dead. They were dead wrong! When the sinister para-military organization known as the Magistrate seizes control of Gotham City, the original Batman went big to put them down…but even the Dark Knight couldn't predict how far this evil force would go to stop him. Now, Bruce Wayne is on the run! From Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and rising star artist Dan Mora, it's the story of a Batman pushed to the brink—with nothing left to lose…. Bruce Wayne is supposed to be dead…but this Dark Detective is on the run and shining a light on the mystery of his own "murder": How did the killers know Bruce Wayne was Batman? As the forces of the Magistrate zero in on Bruce's location, it's a race against time to unlock the secrets of their surveillance tech and take the fight to the very top! But is the knowledge that Bruce's own legacy helped to enable the greatest authoritarian force the city of Gotham has ever seen too much to bear?… As the dark detective makes his move to put an end to the villainous Magistrate once and for all, the man who once wore the cowl encounters the next Batman—and these two have some questions for each other! Fists will fly as this explosive meeting erupts in the skies over Gotham…but with the clock ticking, can Bruce finish what he started and unlock the secrets of the fascist surveillance that plagues his city?… Bruce Wayne may be a dead man in the eyes of the villainous Magistrate, but this dark detective isn't through yet! In this pulse-pounding finale, Bruce makes his final move and comes face to face with the man at the top of Gotham's oppressive regime, Peacekeeper One! With bombs planted and the trap waiting to be sprung, this final battle will decide the fate of Gotham City once and for all…"


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